Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

“Do You Know What You Are?”


“Do you know what you are?
You are a manuscript of a divine letter.
You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. 
This universe is not outside of you. 
Look inside yourself;
everything that you want, 
you are already that.”    (Rumi, Hush, Don’t Say Anything to God: Passionate Poems of Rumi)



“You are one thing only.  You are a Divine Being.  An all-powerful Creator.  You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.”    (Anthony St. Maarten, Divine Living: The Essential Guide to Your Destiny)



“As you think, so shall you become.”    (Bruce Lee)
“As you think, so shall you be.”    (Wayne Dyer)



“The mind is everything.  What you think, you become.  What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.”    (Buddha)



“Imagine, and it shall be.
There are no limits.⁠⁠⁠⁠”     (Evelyn Skye, The Crown’s Game)



“If you believe you can, you might.  If you know you can, you will.”    (Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free)



“A human being always acts and feels and performs in accordance with what he imagines to be true about himself and his environment …  For imagination sets the goal ‘picture’ which our automatic mechanism works on.  We act, or fail to act, not because of ‘will,’ as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination.”    (Maxwell Maltz, The New Psycho-Cybernetics)



“I have a habit of letting my imagination run away from me.  It always comes back though . . . drenched with possibilities.”    (Valaida Fullwood)



“The unreal is more powerful than the real.  Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it.  Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last.  Stone crumbles.  Wood rots.  People, well, they die.
But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.  If you can change the way people think.  The way they see themselves.  The way they see the world.  You can change the way people live their lives.  That’s the only lasting thing you can create.”    (Chuck Palahniuk, Choke)



“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.  Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”     (Roald Dahl)




“Believe in Yourself … Create Miracles”


“Everything you’ll ever need to know is within you; the secrets of the universe are imprinted on the cells of your body.”   (Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives)



“In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.”    (Eckhart Tolle)



“Our bodies have five senses:  touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing.  But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. 
The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.”    (C. JoyBell C.)



“You cannot trade the courage needed to live every moment for immunity from life’s sorrows.  We may say we know this but ours is the culture of the deal-making mind.  From infancy, we have breathed in the belief that there is always a deal to be made, a bargain to be struck.  Eventually, we believe, if we do the right thing, if we are good enough, clever enough, sincere enough, work hard enough, we will be rewarded.  …

My invitation, my challenge to you here, is to journey into a deeper intimacy with the world and your life without any promise of safety or guarantee of reward beyond the intrinsic value of full participation.”   (Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation)



“I’d like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing or been too hesitant to attempt.  So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.  The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.  The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.  …

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships.  …

My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life.  It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it.  The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.”   (Jon Krakauer, Into the Wind)



“Motivational quotes and speeches are not about becoming an astronaut, brain surgeon, 1st place athlete or making a certain amount of money.  It’s about excitement, excitement from realizing the absurdity of existence and appreciating that you’re part of it.  And then inspiring others to follow, until we’ve all found that appreciation and the inner peace that comes with it.”   (Aiden Hall)



“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.”  (Marvin Gaye)



“You’re never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true.” (Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah)



“Once you believe in yourself
and see your soul as divine and precious,
you’ll automatically be converted
to a being who can create miracles.”   (Wayne W. Dyer)



“Love Always Wins”



Every great love starts with a great story…”     (Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook)



“I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.”     (A. A. Milne)



“There’s nothing more inspiring than the complexity and beauty of the human heart.”     (Cynthia Hand, Hallowed)



“Love at first sight is easy to understand; it’s when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle.”     (Amy Bloom)



“You said, ‘I love you.’  Why is it that the most unoriginal thing we can say to one another is still the thing we long to hear?  ‘I love you’ is always a quotation.  You did not say it first and neither did I, yet when you say it and when I say it we speak like savages who have found three words and worship them.”    (Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body)



“This is the true measure of love: when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so before us, and that no one will ever love in the same way after us.”    (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)



“There’s power, power in love.  If you don’t believe me, think about a time when you first fell in love.  The whole world seemed to center around you and your beloved.”     (Most Rev. Michael Curry)



“I want to
let her know
that all the nights
beside her

even the useless
were things
ever splendid

and the hard
I ever feared to
can now be

I love
you.”     (Charles Bukowski)



“Someday, after mastering the winds, the wave, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”    (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)



Love wins, love always wins.”    (Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie)




“Living Life”


“Life has no victims.  There are no victims in this life.

No one has the right to point fingers at his/her past and blame it for what he/she is today.  We do not have the right to point our finger at someone else and blame that person for how we treat others, today.

Don’t hide in the corner, pointing fingers at your past.  Don’t sit under the table, talking about someone who has hurt you.  Instead, stand up and face your past! Face your fears!  Face your pain!  And stomach it all!  You may have to do so kicking and screaming and throwing fits and crying – but by all means – face it!

This life makes no room for cowards.”     (C. JoyBell C., The Sun is Snowing: Poetry & Prose by C. JoyBell C.)




“‘I was blind and heart-broken and didn’t want to do anything and Gus burst into my room and shouted, I have wonderful news!’
And I was like, ‘I don’t really want to hear wonderful news right now,’ and Gus said, ‘This is wonderful news you want to hear,’ and I asked him, ‘Fine, what is it?’ and he said, ‘You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you cannot even imagine yet!’”     (John Green, The Fault in Our Stars)



“Wisdom comes with the ability to be still.  Just look and just listen.  No more is needed.”     (Eckhart Tolle)



“You can live your whole life not realizing that what you’re looking for is right in front of you.”    (David Nicholls, One Day)



“A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.” (Paul Klee)




“’What can you do when you don’t fit in?  What can you do when life seems to be passing you by?’
‘Follow me.  I want to show you something.  See the horizon over there?  See how big this world is?  See how much room there is for everybody?  Have you ever seen any other worlds?’
‘As far as you know, this is the only world there is, right?’
‘There are no other worlds for you to live in, right?’
‘You were born to live in this world, right?’
‘WELL LIVE IN IT THEN!    Five cents please.’”      (Charles M. Schulz)



“Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.”     (André Gide)



Prayer for Good Humor

“Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest.
Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it.
Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil, but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.
Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments, nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called ‘I.’
Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor.
Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy, and to be able to share it with others.”    (St. Thomas More)



“Keep learning, laughing, loving, and leading – living life just for the L of it!”     (Jim Clemmer)



“You gain or lose power according to the choices that you make.

The challenge to each human is creation.  Will you create with reverence, or with neglect?

Choose with wisdom because the power is now fully in your hands.”    (Thoughts from the Seat of the Soul, Meditations for Souls in Process by Gary Zukav)





“If You Are a Dreamer Come In”


“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If youre a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in!
Come in!”    (Shel Silverstein)



“The untrained mind keeps up a running commentary, labeling everything, judging everything.  Best to ignore that commentary.  Don’t argue or resist, just ignore. Deprived of attention and interest, this voice gets quieter and quieter and eventually just shuts up.”    (Plato, Conversations with Plato)



“Confronting problems is choosing to suffer now in the hope of future gratification rather than choosing to continue present gratification in the hope that future suffering will not be necessary.”    (M. Scott Peck)



“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”    (Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night)



“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”  (J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan)



“There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a person being themselves.  Imagine going through your day being unapologetically you.”    (Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience)



“Imagination is the voice of daring.  If there is anything godlike about God, it is that. He dared to imagine everything.”    (Henry Miller, Sexus)



“Make big plans … that’s the best way to make big things happen.
Write down your plans.  Share them with trusted colleagues.  Seek out team members and accomplices.
Shun the non-believers.  They won’t be easily convinced, but they can be ignored.
Is there any doubt that making big plans increases the chances that something great will happen?
Is there any doubt that we need your contribution?
Why then, are you hesitating to make big plans?”    (Seth Godin)



“The difficult can be done immediately, the impossible takes a little longer.”    (The Army Corp of Engineers)


“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”    (Walt Disney)



“To Survive Today …”



“To survive today, you have to be able to walk on quicksand and dance with electrons.”    (Frank Ogden)






“As we go about our daily lives, it is important to remember that we always find what we’re looking for.  If you set out today thinking that this is going to be a bad day, shortly things will begin to order themselves to meet your expectation.  Conversely, if you set out with an expectation of greatness, this can be one of the greatest days of your life.”     (Jim Stovall)






“Beginning of the Day”


“This is the beginning of a new day.   You have been given this day to use as you will.   You can waste it or use it for good.   What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.  When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind … let it be something good.”     (Author Unknown)




“End of the Day”


“Finish every day and be done with it.   You have done what you could.  Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.   Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.  This day is all that is good and fair.   It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.”     (Ralph Waldo Emerson)




 “Every Day”


“There are only two ways to live your life.


One is as though nothing is a miracle.


The other is as though everything else is.”


(Albert Einstein)




 “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”    (Johann Wolgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship)





”Happy wowday.


Halloween gives you permission to dress up.  April Fool’s, a chance to play a prank.


What if there was one day of the year where you had permission to do things that made people say, ‘wow.’


 Acts of generosity or bravery or insight…


What if you focused and practiced and got your nerve up and leaned way over the edge, just one day of the year?  If you could get out of your comfort zone for a few hours in a way that benefitted and delighted people you care about, what would that look and feel like?


Today might be your wowday.


Or tomorrow.


Up to you.”   (Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, 3.18.14)





“May you live every day of your life.”    (Jonathan Swift)




“What About the Rest of Your Life?”


“Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn’t original sin. He’s born with the tragedy that he has to grow up.  A lot of people don’t have the courage to do that.”    (Helen Hayes)



“The power to change your life lies in the simplest of steps.”    (Steve Maraboli)



“All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten.  Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School.”    (Robert Fulghum)



“Whatever you do, if you do it sincerely, will eventually become a bridge to your wholeness, a good ship that carries you through the darkness.”    (Carl Jung)



“Never forget the nine most important words of any family –
‘I love you.’
‘You are beautiful.’
‘Please forgive me.’”    (H. Jackson Brown Jr.)



“Time is an equal opportunity employer.  Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day.  Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes.  And you can’t save time to spend it on another day.  Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving.  No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”    (Denis Waitley)



“’What about the rest of your life?’
She shrugged. ‘What about it?’
‘Aren’t you worried about, like, forever?’
‘Forever is composed of nows,’ she says.”    (John Green, Paper Towns)



“Don’t be afraid of death, be afraid of the unlived life.”    (Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt)



“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable.  But to grow up is to accept vulnerability.  To be alive is to be vulnerable.”    (Madeleine L’Engle)



“Looking back, you realize that a very special person passed briefly through your life, and that person was you.  It is not too late to become that person again.”    (Robert Brault, Round Up the Usual Subjects)



“Let Your Deeds Be Judged”


“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but … life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”   (Gabriel García Márquez)



“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns, and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time.  Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have.  It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death — ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life.  One is responsible for life:  It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.”    (James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time)



“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”    (C. G. Jung)



“Every man’s life ends the same way.  It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”    (Ernest Hemingway)



“If other people do not understand our behavior — so what?  Their request that we must only do what they understand is an attempt to dictate to us.  If this is being ‘asocial’ or ‘irrational in their eyes, so be it.  Mostly they resent our freedom and our courage to be ourselves.  We owe nobody an explanation or an accounting, as long as our acts do not hurt or infringe on them.  How many lives have been ruined by this need to ‘explain,’ which usually implies that the explanation be ‘understood,’ i.e. approved.  Let your deeds be judged, and from your deeds, your real intentions, but know that a free person owes an explanation only to himself — to his reason and his conscience — and to the few who may have a justified claim for explanation.”    (Erich Fromm, The Art of Being)



“Who are you to judge the life I live?
I know I’m not perfect – and I don’t live to be –
but before you start pointing fingers… make sure your hands are clean!”    (Bob Marley)



“We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself.  It’s never your fault.
But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.”    (Katherine Hepburn, Me, Stories of My Life)



“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”    (St. Francis of Assisi)



The muscle of kick-assery is like any other muscle.  You have to use it or lose it.”  (Jen Sincero)



“If we did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”    (Thomas A. Edison)



“Life’s Journey / Know Yourself”


“Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece.”   (Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita)


“When we are young we squander time as though it were unlimited; when we grow older, then like beggars, we wish for crumbs of remembrance… .”    (Nannette L. Avery)


“One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.”    (Antonio Porchia)


“There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.”    (Shannon L. Alder)


“unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.”    (Charles Bukowski)


“Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.”    (Paulo Coelho)


“Please, keep looking.  Not for a person, but for your passion, your love, your courage, your goals, your dreams, your happiness, yourself.

Keep looking.  Explore yourself before you explore another.  Know your worth, know yourself.

Only then will you know what you need over what you want.  You need yourself to become your own.”    (Unknown Author)


“Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid sideways totally worn out, shouting ‘holy shit … what a ride!’”   (Hunter S. Thompson)




“Make Your Spirit Glow Out Loud”



“I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school.  They don’t teach you how to love somebody.  They don’t teach you how to be famous.  They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor.  They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer.  They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind.  They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying.  They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.”    (Neil Gaiman, The Kindly Ones)



“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”     (C. G. Jung)



“When I do good, I feel good.  When I do bad, I feel bad.  That’s my religion.”  (Abraham Lincoln)



“The practice of assertiveness means acting.  Act as if you are already the healthiest person you can be.  Do not wait until you feel better about yourself or until you believe you have what it takes.  Act as if you are self-actualized and your beliefs will follow suit.  Act while you fear rather than waiting until you feel unafraid.  ‘Acting as if’ is a form of playfulness.  Play successfully combines contrasts and opposites.  When we act as if we are already more advanced than we imagine ourselves to be, we are creatively playing with an old, habitual self-image and welcoming a new self that wants to emerge.  This new self is encouraged into existence by the image we are displaying when we ‘act as if.’”    (David Richo, How to Be an Adult)



“Because, from the beginning, God said, ‘I’m gonna put this world into your hands. If I run everything, then that’s not you.’  So, we were created with a piece of divinity inside us, but with this thing called free will, and I think God watches us every day, lovingly, praying we will make the right choices.”    (Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: A True Story)



“Be happy about your own life and you’ll be amazed at just how much more beautiful you’ll find it to be.”    “Do whatever makes your spirit glow out loud.”    (TemitOpe Ibrahim)



“Life is a creation, not a discovery.”    (Neale Donald Walsch)



“Oh, what we might accomplish, were it not for an exaggerated sense of our own unimportance.”    (Robert Brault, Round Up the Usual Subjects)



“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”     (C. S. Lewis)




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